The backpackers, hippies, and thrifty laundry-doers among you might recognize the label on this bottle of soap. For the uninitiated, this is a bottle of “Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Pure-Castile Soap”, beloved among the crunchy granola crowd for its many uses and natural ingredients. The soap itself is probably as close to a magic elixir asContinue reading “the soap-opera life of Emanuel Bronner”
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millibeep teaches mythology: the legend of Siproites
The ending isn’t really part of the story, but I just assume all ancient Greek myths end that way. /millibeep
what do Nazis and the world’s favorite ballpark food have in common?
(Note: once again, I’ve put forth a post with quite a few links to Wikipedia to back up my claims. If you can afford to do so, donating to Wikipedia would be a tremendous thing to do.) The Latin word for fire, ignus, has been derived over the ages into the name Ignatius, meaning bornContinue reading “what do Nazis and the world’s favorite ballpark food have in common?”
a bundle, an oppressive ideology, a slur, and some delicious tex-mex
Long ago, the Proto-Italic language that predated Latin had a word to describe a bundle of something: “faskis”, which itself stems from the Proto-Indo-European “bhasko”. This term later appears in Latin as “fasces” and refers to a bundle of wooden rods with a protruding blade. The fasces was carried as a symbol of legal authorityContinue reading “a bundle, an oppressive ideology, a slur, and some delicious tex-mex”